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I read through Appalling Stories twice. The first time, each scenario seemed to be a worst-case-scenario for each of the subjects the three authors examine. But during the second reading, I noticed that I was thinking of real-world examples of the things they were showing us. Yes, these stories are rough, even brutal at times, but they show a ‘what might be’ look at the issues that are slashed across our news feeds and nightly broadcasts.
Like most good anthologies, a lot of these stories beg to be expanded into longer works. My favorite of the 13 was “Detainer,” by Ray Zacek, in which the protagonist deals with death in a sanctuary city. It was the one that seemed closest to what you could see happen in the morning news, and it certainly leaves you wanting to know what happens next.
Again, this is not a book for readers who want a comfortable read, and it is definitely not for young readers. But Appalling Stories is a fast, engrossing collection that will, whether you agree with the authors’ points of view or not, get you thinking.
Each story could be done as an edgy episode of the Outer Limits. This is message fiction, and the message is, Hold my beer. . .
There is a vibrant diversity of styles between the three authors and, on a technical level, the writing and plotting is often very good.
The stories are as violent as they are imaginative, and I now and then wanted to retreat to a safe space. I will never look at large clay pots the same way again.
The Left will say that this book exposes the dark id of the Right, and, for once, the Left is right.
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The last story I wished was longer. I could have read a bit more on it.